Shining Rose Rosa nitida

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
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The plant known commonly as the shiny rose has a notable appearance characterized by its lustrous, green leaves that give it its name. The foliage tends to have an almost glossy finish, which catches the light and adds a visual appeal to the plant's overall presentation. The leaves are arranged in an alternating fashion on the stems, creating a dense, lush look. The shiny rose is well recognized for its flowers, which can range in color from pink to a deep rose hue. These blooms are typically composed of five petals that form a classic, open-faced shape, traditional among roses. The flowers emerge in clusters, creating a delightful spray of color that can be quite striking during its blooming period. Accompanying the flowers are the small, oval-shaped red to orange rose hips that form after blooming, often adding to the plant's ornamental value. These fruits, while small in size, provide a sharp contrast to the foliage and can persist into the colder months, offering a splash of color against a wintery backdrop. The stems of the shiny rose are adorned with multiple small, thorn-like structures, which can pose a challenge when handling or pruning the plant. These thorns are a characteristic feature of rose plants, providing them with a natural defense against herbivores. In terms of its root structure, the shiny rose develops a robust system that anchors it firmly into the ground. This allows the plant to sustain itself and flourish even in a range of soil conditions, contributing to its resilience in various landscapes. Overall, the shiny rose presents a harmonious blend of vibrant blooms, glossy foliage, and striking rose hips, making it a prized specimen in many gardens.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Shining Rose, Nitida Rose

    • Common names

      Rosa lucida Ehrh., Rosa nitida var. lucida (Ehrh.) Fernald.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Rosa nitida, commonly known as the Shining Rose, is generally not considered toxic to humans. There is little to no documentation on severe poisonings from this plant. If ingested in large quantities, there may be a risk of mild stomach upset due to the nature of plant material, but this is not characteristic of toxicity specific to the Shining Rose.

    • To pets

      Similar to its effects on humans, Rosa nitida, or Shining Rose, is not typically toxic to pets. Animals that consume parts of the plant might experience mild gastrointestinal discomfort, but significant toxicity or poisoning is not expected. Care should be taken to ensure that pets do not ingest large amounts of any non-food plant material, as it may cause vomiting or diarrhea due to the physical irritation, rather than chemical toxicity.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2-4 feet (0.6-1.2 meters)

    • Spread

      2-4 feet (0.6-1.2 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Rosa nitida, commonly known as the Shining Rose, has glossy green leaves and bright pink flowers that add beauty to gardens and landscapes.
    • Habitat for Wildlife: Its flowers provide nectar for pollinators like bees and butterflies, while the hips (fruit) are a food source for birds.
    • Soil Erosion Control: The Shining Rose's root system can help stabilize soil, controlling erosion especially on slopes or banks.
    • Hedge Plant: Due to its dense growth habit, it can be used in hedges and garden borders providing structure and privacy.
    • Cultural Significance: Roses have various symbolic meanings in different cultures, often associated with love and passion, which can be culturally enriching.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Rosa nitida, commonly known as the shiny rose, can be used in landscape design for creating natural fences and barriers due to its dense growth habit and thorny stems.
    • The wood of the shiny rose can be crafted into small tools or used as handles for its hardness and durability once properly treated.
    • Floral arrangements and wreaths can include shiny rose hips and flowers for color and textural variety, especially in wild or rustic-themed decorations.
    • The petals of the shiny rose can be used in potpourri mixes, providing a subtle fragrance and a touch of natural beauty to a room.
    • Dried shiny rose petals can be incorporated into homemade paper to create a decorative effect and add a unique texture to the final product.
    • Rosary beads were traditionally made from the hips of roses like Rosa nitida, which is where the term "rosary" is thought to have come from.
    • Shiny rose can serve as a food source for bees, offering nectar when many other plants are no longer in bloom, enhancing local biodiversity.
    • The shiny rose's vibrant colored hips can be used as a natural dye for fabrics and textiles, yielding colors from orange to deep red.
    • Photographers and artists may use shiny rose plants as subject matter due to their aesthetic appeal throughout different seasons.
    • Educators and conservationists might cultivate shiny rose to teach about native plant species and the importance of habitat restoration.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Rosa nitida, commonly known as the Shining Rose, is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Shining Rose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love: As a rose, Rosa nitida is commonly associated with love and romance. Its beautiful flowers have been symbolic of deep affection and passion for centuries.
    • Beauty: The pristine and shiny appearance of its foliage gives the Rosa nitida a strong association with beauty and perfection.
    • Purity: The clear and vibrant color of the blossoms is often linked to purity and innocence, similar to other rose species.
    • Honor: Roses have historically been used to honor individuals or commemorate significant events, and the Rosa nitida shares this symbolic meaning.
    • Confidentiality: Stemming from the Latin phrase "sub rosa" (under the rose), any rose, including Rosa nitida, can signify secrecy or confidentiality.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-early summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The shining rose, commonly known as Rosa nitida, should be watered deeply once every week, aiming for at least one gallon of water for mature plants to ensure adequate hydration of the root system. During hot spells or unseasonal droughts, increase the watering frequency to twice a week. In the fall, reduce watering to help the plant harden off for winter. Always water at the base to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to disease, and aim for the early morning to allow the water to penetrate deeply into the soil before potential evaporation.

  • sunLight

    Shining rose requires full sun to thrive, with a minimum of six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight per day. Best placed in an open area away from tall trees or structures that can shade it for long periods, as ample sunlight promotes healthy growth and abundant flowering.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Rosa nitida, or shining rose, thrives best in conditions where the temperature ranges between 60°F to 70°F. However, it can withstand winter temperatures down to about -20°F, making it hardy in cold climates. During the growing season, try to protect the plant from extreme heat above 90°F to prevent stress.

  • scissorsPruning

    Rosa nitida, or shining rose, should be pruned in early spring to remove dead or damaged wood and to shape the plant. Pruning also encourages new growth, improves air circulation, and helps maintain the plant's health and vitality. Prune after the last frost, typically after the buds begin to swell but before they leaf out.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for the Shiny Rose (Rosa nitida) is well-draining, loamy soil enriched with organic matter. The ideal pH range for Shiny Rose is between 6.0 and 7.0, slightly acidic to neutral.

  • plantRepotting

    Shiny Roses do not typically require frequent repotting. Repotting every 2 to 3 years or when the plant outgrows its current container is sufficient.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Shiny Rose prefers moderate humidity levels but is tolerant of the average humidity conditions found in most outdoor settings.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and ensure good airflow for Shiny Rose.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sunny spot with well-draining soil for healthy Shiny Rose.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-7 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Rosa nitida, commonly known as the shining rose, begins its life as a seed which germinates in late winter to early spring, given appropriate soil conditions and temperatures. The seedling emerges and develops true leaves, entering the vegetative growth stage where it focuses on leaf and stem development. As the plant matures, it enters the reproductive stage, typically in late spring to early summer, where it produces tight pink buds that open to reveal vibrant pink to rose-purple flowers. After pollination, which is often aided by insects like bees, the flowers develop into red or orange-red hip fruits that contain seeds for the next generation. In autumn, the plant prepares for dormancy, shedding leaves and entering a resting phase to survive winter conditions. In subsequent years, the shining rose continues its perennial cycle, growing larger and producing more flowers and hips each season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-early summer

    • The Rosa nitida, commonly known as the Shining Rose, is typically propagated through a method known as hardwood cuttings. This involves taking a cutting from the plant during its dormant season, which for many roses, is late fall or early winter. The cutting should be around 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) long, with several nodes where leaves attach to the stem. The bottom end of the cutting is dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root growth and then planted in a mixture of sand and peat to provide good drainage and moisture retention. The cuttings are usually kept under controlled environmental conditions until they have developed a strong root system, after which they can be transplanted to their final location.